Since January 2016, Football Supporters Europe has been a partner in the project Queering Football.
From January 2016 till the end of 2017, this European project seeks to challenge homophobia in football and aims at establishing an inclusive football culture and anti-discrimination standards at major sport events.
Homophobia – prejudices and violence against LGBTIQs* – is still one of the main and untackled problems in European football. Homophobic chants and physical attacks as well as ignorance and exclusion still happen on a daily basis. With Queering Football – Tackling Homophobia and Promoting Anti-Discrimination around Major Sport Events (2016-2017) we want to raise awareness for a wider recognition of homophobia as a problem and support the creation of an inclusive football and fan culture where respect is celebrated and solidarity is cherished.
Queering Football aims at using the UEFA EURO 2016 in France as a pan-European communication platform to tackle discrimination and hatred. The anti-homophobia measures in France will serve as an example to ensure that questions of inclusion, equality and minority rights are on the agenda. Anti-discrimination activities should be a precondition if a country/city is going to host a major sport event.
One main output of Queering Football is a handbook on fundamental rights and anti-discrimination standards in the context of mega sport events.
- EuroPrideHouse & Campaigning against homophobia around UEFA EURO 2016
- Building networks and capacity among LGBTIQs and football supporters
- Developing anti-homophobia educational and training tools
- Promoting anti-discrimination standards at major sport events
Queering Football network
Queering Football is a collaborative project between supporters groups, NGOs, grassroots initiatives, networks and local and international (football) institutions.
The partners in the European project are: European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF | www.eglsf.info), Football Supporters Europe (FSE | www.fanseurope.org), Fédération Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne (FSGL, France | www.fsgl.org), Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti (UISP, Italy | www.uisp.it), Spolint (Slovenia |www.spolint.org) and VIDC-fairplay (Austria | www.fairplay.or.at) as the lead organization.